Hazar’s mixed grill is one hell of a deal at $16.95.
This week, Counter Culture rides into Hazar, a new Turkish restaurant in Bay Ridge, and quite a wonderful one where grilled meats, whole fish, and bread dips are concerned. It also does the usual things with pita dough — read on to find out what.
5. Mixed Grill (above) — Including chicken kebab, lamb adana kebab, lamb kofte, and chicken or lamb doner (pick the bird), this mass of meat is expertly cooked over a flame, and the flavor of smoke prevails.
4. Whole Grilled Fish — Weighing in at an estimated pound and a half, your choice of porgy, pink snapper, or sea bass will set you back only $17.95.
3. Kazandibi (Semolina Pudding) — Nicely browned on top, this pudding is mellow and mild, the perfect conclusion to a meal and easily shareable by two or three diners.
2. Bread Dips — These deeply flavorful vegetarian delights include (from upper left moving clockwise): baba ghanoush, kisir (tabouleh), hummus, “spicy salad,” sautéed eggplant, and cacik (garlicky yogurt). Served with homemade pides (below).
Next: The best thing I ate at Hazar
1. Yumurtali Pide — This canoe of dough seethes with a rich filling of melted white cheese and sunny-side-up eggs.
7224 Fifth Avenue
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
A glittering jewel in the Bay Ridge night
The well-browned, seed-encrusted falafel, served with hummus